EP President Antonio Tajani pictured during the opening of March plenary session in Strasbourg 

Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke (NA) will receive a “commensurate penalty” for his unacceptable remarks about the gender pay gap, as soon as an investigation into them has been completed, promised President Tajani at the opening. This language, which “offended every woman in this house” will not be tolerated, he insisted, to loud applause.

Looking back to International Women’s Day on 8 March, Mr Tajani stressed that the EU will not be able to tackle problems such as terrorism, unemployment and poverty unless it respects and enforces women’s rights.


He urged EU member states to ratify and enforce the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.


Agenda changes


Thursday 16


The debate on "Sudan, the cases of Hassan Abduraheem and Abdulmonen Abdumawla" will be replaced by a debate on "Zimbabwe, the case of Pastor Evan Mawarire".


Requests by committees to start negotiations with Council and Commission

Decisions by several committees to enter into inter-institutional negotiations (Rule 69c) are published on the plenary website.

If no request for a vote in Parliament on the decision to enter into negotiations is made within 24 hours, the committees may start negotiations.